This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 7 and 11 years.
Speech, language and communication development is a gradual process. Children develop skills at different rates, but beyond 8 years, usually children will:
- Use language to predict and draw conclusions.
- Use long and complex sentences.
- Understand other points of view and show that they agree or disagree.
- Understand comparative words e.g. ‘it was earlier than yesterday’.
- Keep a conversation going by giving reasons and explaining choices.
- Start conversations with adults and children they don’t know.
- Understand and use passive sentences e.g. “the thief is chased by the policeman”.